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Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

more than a year ago

As befits the capital city of a nation of writing greats, Dublin has been annointed a UNESCO City of Literature. Melbourne, Edinburgh and Iowa City are the other three such recipiants, so it is quite some achievement. 

Joyce, Wilde, Beckett, Yeats... these and many more internationally renowned scribes cement Ireland's status as a great literary nation. And Dublin has picked up the mighty mantle and is gearing up for a series of celebratory events.
 
Exhibitions, festivals, events and more eschew the theme and begin in March with the return of the Dublin Book Festival. Many parts of the city will be hosting events ranging from readings to writing competitions. Check out The National Library, City Hall and independent bookshops, as well as www.dublinbookfestival.com for lots more ideas and up-to-date info.  
 
Then, on March 18, the gleaming new Dublin Convention Centre will be filled with music, poetic recitals, film, words and drama as DublinSwell rolls into town.  This unique event beings together an illustrious list of Dublin writers, singer songwriters and actors to produce one spectacular evening. Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney, The Commitments author Roddy Doyle, Oscar-winning singer songwriter Glen Hansard and best-selling author Cathy Kelly are among the noted pen pushers taking part. Book your tickets now at www.tickets.ie.

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